New Years resolutions we can all stick to

Every year people around the world make a New Years resolution that can be beneficial for the upcoming year. On average 33% of people plan to make the year a healthy one by getting fitter, eating better and/or losing weight. However, around 63% of people admitted to failing to commit to a resolution with the majority breaking it within one month. So why do people fail? Normally it is down to expectations being set too high that aren’t realistic with day-to-day life.

However, there are a few simple resolutions that can work with every day life making a huge difference to personal and physical health. Try some of our simple resolutions to help you feel healthier inside and out this year;

Sleep More

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being by allowing the body to rest and rejuvenate after a day of activity. An acceptable level of sleep can help to maintain mental and physical health as well as supporting growth and development in children and teens. Supplements such as Magnesium, can contribute to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue as it can help to aid sleep by calming nerves and relaxing the muscles. An on-going lack of sleep can lead to a stressed demeanour, weakened immune system and affect the body in the way we react, think, eat, work and learn. Taking a nap when feeling tired really can do you the world of good.

Stress Less

Stress is individual as it can mean different things to different people. Some people may find stress at work, at home, when driving, through personal accomplishments etc. Whereas, occasionally stress can be a positive in order to motivate and encourage, it is on the most part, a negative that can damage health long-term if experienced over a prolonged period of time. Reducing stress levels not only raises positivity but can also benefit health too. Taking time out of each day for enjoyable activities, spending time with family and friends or having ten minutes for yourself, can help to set reasonable expectations that can help to relieve day-to-day stress. Supplements such as 5 HTP, can also help to improve mood as it can increase serotonin levels in the body, which can lead to a reduction in stress and anxiety.

Stay Hydrated

The body is made up of around 60% water, which helps to drive regular bodily functions such as; digestion, circulation, creation of saliva, maintaining kidney function and skin health. Health experts recommend a minimum of one litre of water per day in order to keep the body hydrated and healthy. It doesn’t require a dramatic change in your daily water intake but trying to drink a little more than normal can make a huge difference. Have a glass with your morning coffee or tea, a bottle sat on your desk at work or a glass with an afternoon meal can make a positive impact on the body and compensate for water loss that occurs day-to-day.

Take Time for Yourself

Sometimes life can get stressful but it is always important to prioritise yourself from time to time, even if its five minutes in the morning or right before bed, it provides some time during the day to focus on personal sanity and health. Taking a break to focus on yourself has both psychological and physical benefits that can help you to feel refreshed and happier. It helps to maintain a good sense of self, which can feel life changing. Taking Detox capsules can help the body to feel lighter as they are designed to aid in expelling waste faster and also cleansing the intestines of unwanted toxins, helping to look after yourself and your body.

Commit to Exercise

Exercise not only keeps the body healthy but it also releases chemicals called endorphins, which can reduce your perception of pain, giving a positive and energizing outlook on life. A marathon doesn’t have to be completed each week to feel the benefits of exercise but it is recommended to do around 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity five times a week. Going for a walk, doing household chores, riding a bicycle, yoga, swimming etc. are all easy and non-expensive ways to get the blood pumping around the body and keep healthy. It makes you feel good too. Green Tea extract is a substance that is known to be rich in antioxidants, which can help the body to burn excess fat by increasing the metabolic rate and increasing the calories the body burns. It can help to encourage the body to carry on working at its best around an exercise regime.

How to optimise your metabolism

Everybody needs energy to complete basic chemical processes, like breathing, digestion and cell repair. These processes are collectively known as the metabolism; raising it helps the body to burn more calories and encourages weight loss.

Here’s how to optimise your metabolic rate through exercise and diet:

1. Do aerobic activity

Active people burn more calories and have a faster metabolism than inactive people. Cardiovascular activity, such as cycling, running and walking, helps to keep the body trim, strengthen the heart and encourage weight loss. Experts recommend that 30 minutes of activity for five days a week is enough to maintain a speedy metabolic rate. Creatine supplements are perfect for sustaining longer periods of exercise because they make it easier for the body to release its energy stores.

2. Combine strength training with cardio

Muscles burn more calories than fat so increasing muscle mass is a clever way to boost the metabolism.  Lifting weights at the gym or simply using the body’s natural weight to perform resistance exercises like crunches and sit ups speeds up the metabolism and creates a leaner silhouette.

3. Go for green tea

Believed to regulate blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, green tea has another benefit; it encourages fat oxidation, boosts the metabolism and is full of antioxidants and polyphenols. Soy beans and green coffee beans have a similar effect – they speed up the metabolism, burn fat and stabilise blood sugar levels as well as keep the body feeling fuller for longer.

4. Steer clear of faddy diets

Crash diets can have a negative effect on the metabolic rate by forcing the body to break down muscle mass. As mentioned above, it’s important to retain muscle because the body uses up more energy to maintain it than fat reserves. Eating a sensible diet containing a varied mix of natural ingredients and exercising regularly is far better for the body than starving it through fad dieting.   Other tips for kick-starting the metabolism include exercising in the morning, eating a nutritious breakfast, adding spicy chilli to meals and drinking coffee.

Are You Sneezing Yet? 5 Tips for Seasonal Allergy Relief

Allergies can be a nightmare when the warm weather strikes. High pollen counts trigger seasonal allergies like hayfever and aggravate asthma, making it a challenge to enjoy the sunshine. What’s the best way to prevent the runny noses, itchy eyes and breathing difficulties many people face at this time of year?

Here are some tips to help keep five common allergies at bay:

  1. Hayfever

Dust mites, mould spores, animals, or even certain foods can trigger allergies however, pollen from flowers and plants tend to be the main culprit behind the rise in sneezing and allergies over the warmer months. Taking Vitamin C can help to boost the immune system, which prevents, or at least slows down, the onset of hayfever. This anti-inflammatory supplement also keeps the body’s cells, blood vessels and connective tissues healthy. Other useful nutritional supplements that are believed to fight the common characteristics of hayfever, like watery eyes, coughing and sneezing, are Green Tea and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. It’s also useful to avoid going outdoors when the pollen count is at its highest. Remember that pollen can stick to clothes and hair, which can prolong allergy symptoms when indoors.

  1. Eczema

Eczema can get much worse in hot and humid conditions, making the skin feel itchy and raw. Studies have shown that people who have a lack of Vitamin D are more susceptible to developing skin conditions and infections. Taking a regular supplement of Vitamin D could help to alleviate the symptoms of eczema like inflammation and redness.

  1. Asthma

Atopic diseases like asthma and eczema can be worsened by hay fever. Omega 3 fatty acids, found in oily fish, olive oil and Fish Oils have been shown to reduce asthma. Green tea is also useful because it contains an antioxidant that can block the production of the two main triggers of allergic reactions, histamine and immunoglobulin.

  1. Dust allergies

A stuffy or runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing are key symptoms of a dust allergy. In fact a dust allergy can even result in wheezing and breathing problems. Some of the triggers include dust mites, mould and pollen. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine that can prevent the onset of dust allergies – taking a Vitamin C supplement is a practical way to boost allergy protection and reduce the amount of histamine in the blood stream.

  1. Pet allergies

Allergens can cling to pet fur, so ensuring you regularly clean and groom your animals, including pet bedding, will help to reduce the amount of allergy causing particles being brought into your home.

Allergies can be tricky to handle when weather changes, leading to a rise in allergy triggers. Nevertheless, a combination of promoting a healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise and supplements can help to make “Allergy Season” a whole lot easier.

Sweet Dreams are Made of This… Supplements for Sleep

Sleep is as important as diet and exercise, so we’ve come up with a list of supplements that promote a restful night’s sleep and encourages relaxation. Stress and anxiety can prevent people from switching off at night, so supplements can help to kick-start circadian rhythms and gently ease the body into sleep.

Vitamin D

A deficiency in Vitamin D is linked to sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, that affect the amount and quality of sleep people get each night. The body manufactures its own Vitamin D using sunlight but when the days become short during winter, it becomes difficult to synthesise enough. Taking a supplement can improve the overall quality of sleep by reducing sleep disruption and insomnia.

5HTP

Also known as Griffonia Seed Extract, 5HTP helps to improve mood, reduce stress and combat anxiety. It’s perfect for inducing a calm and relaxed state before bed that seamlessly leads to a peaceful night’s sleep. Better yet, it can also help to control the appetite and trigger weight loss.

Magnesium

Lots of people have trouble sleeping after eating spicy and fatty foods that lead to acidic heartburn and indigestion. Magnesium neutralises stomach acids and reduces indigestion, helping to soothe the digestive system and encourage hydration. Plus it increases the efficiency of Vitamin D absorption, which in itself helps to fight insomnia and sleep apnea.

Theanine

Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that has a calming and relaxing effect on the body. Studies have also shown that it can help people to achieve a better quality of sleep, so they feel well rested and alert when they wake up in the mornings.

Successful sleep habits

  • Going to bed and waking up at around the same time can help to programme the body into sleeping better.
  • Creating an environment that promotes relaxation by making sure the bed is comfortable, the room is warm and the lights are dimmed is essential.
  • Caffeine can hinder deep sleep, so it’s better to drink herbal tea like chamomile or a warm milk drink before bed.
  • Overindulging in food and alcohol in the evening can prevent people from getting a good night’s rest.
  • Switching off computer screens and turning off mobiles an hour before bed, relaxes the body and ensures that the bright lights don’t prevent the release of the sleep hormone melatonin.

Promoting healthy sleep habits and taking supplements that encourage the body to rest and relax is vital to maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle for the long term. It’s difficult to do a good day’s work without a good night’s sleep.

Fitness Trends for 2015

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Fitness is always high on the agenda at the start of a new year so you may experience an influx of business as customers purchase products to supplement their new exercise regimes.

So which fitness trends should you be aware of this January? Here’s our prediction:

Weight training and bodyweight training

The appeal of resistance training with dumbbells and weights will continue on into 2015 – perfect for boosting muscle growth and definition, creating a leaner silhouette, burning calories and increasing the metabolic rate, it’s an evergreen form of exercise. However, bodyweight training, where the body itself is used as resistance instead of heavy equipment, is also set to increase in popularity simply because it can be done anywhere without extra weights.

Provide your customers with Power Whey Protein powder from the XFN range, which is ideal for enhancing endurance, increasing muscle size and supporting recovery after intense forms of resistance training.  Stock dietary supplements like Amino BCAA Pro to encourage muscle repair and help consumers retain their new muscle mass.

Social workouts

Motivational exercise tools and trackers that can be downloaded onto wearable technologies and phones are set to make an even bigger impact this year.  Sharing workout results immediately via social media will create competition and push people forward to train harder. Tracking a friend’s exercise footprint will be super easy, allowing best buddies to compete with each other online even when they can’t train together. Customers may be looking for a solution to combating fatigue and increasing their endurance – recommend Testero NTSHO, which is ideal for boosting testosterone levels and has a rapid-acting formula.

High intensity interval training (HIIT)

The HIIT workout involves a repeated pattern of short bursts of intense activity, such as running, cycling or skipping, followed by a brief period of rest. This technique is believed to burn more calories than a sustained hour of traditional aerobic exercise and the only equipment required is a timer or a watch. And thanks to the upcoming launch of wearable technology, like the Apple Watch (or iWatch), maintaining and recording a training routine will be that much easier. Creatine Hybrid Matrix is excellent for customers who want to improve their cardio performance and boost ATP levels.

Food fads: Bulletproof coffee, matcha tea and aloe vera

A blend of coffee, butter and oil, bulletproof coffee is the newest beverage to hit the food and fitness scene. It’s believed to help you feel fuller for longer and release energy steadily throughout the day. Matcha tea, hailed as the ‘next green tea’ will also make its mark on the food and nutrition market as people wake up to its health benefits. Containing more antioxidants and less caffeine than a traditional green tea, matcha increases alertness and reduces fatigue. It can also be added to salad and soups or used as a topping on yoghurt and fruit.

Order the right supplements to be prepared for every fitness trend that’s set to be popular among consumers this year. Stocking up on a range of products will guarantee that you’ll always have something useful to recommend to every variety of fitness enthusiast.

 

Offer Your Customers the Best Christmas Supplements 12 Tips for a Healthy Christmas

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As the Christmas period approaches, it is important to monitor trends in consumer purchasing with regard to health and nutrition to ensure that you are providing your customers with the best product options.  

For many of us the Christmas season is a time of unrestrained over-indulging. On Christmas day alone we consume up to 6,000 calories – three times the recommended daily intake for women and twice the amount for men. As a result, during this time, weight control and digestive supplement sales accelerate. This gives you the opportunity to elevate your selection and offer the everyday consumer effective dietary supplements.

So what are supplements that are consumed to aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function with the potential to leverage and grow your business this Christmas season?

Probiotics

Probiotics, known as the ‘friendly bacteria’, are relatives of the good gut bacteria needed for maintaining a healthy digestion. Probiotic supplements can be extremely beneficial in keeping pathogens or infectious microorganisms (a biological agent that causes disease or illness) in check. Some digestive disease specialists are even recommending Probiotics for treating bowel related disorders such as diarrhoea and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Due to the increasing clinical support of the effects of Probiotics this dietary supplement is a top-seller among consumers. Appealing to this target market, as a distributor, can put you ahead of the competition this Christmas within the nutraceutical landscape.

Green Tea

Green tea is the product made from the Camellia sinensis plant and is a top herb used in weight control and to treat stomach disorders. The useful parts of green tea are the leaf bud, leaf, and stem that help reduce appetite and improve digestion. They are able to maintain important molecules called polyphenols, which seem to be responsible for many of the benefits of green tea. Polyphenols might be able to prevent inflammation and swelling too and protect cartilage between the bones too. Green tea contains 2% to 4% caffeine, which affects thinking and alertness perfect for the Christmas hangovers.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has been recognised for centuries for its remarkable health-enhancing properties. Although Aloe Vera has been recognised specifically for external application to the skin, it is now widely used to help a variety of conditions of the digestive tract.

An analysis of the Aloe Vera plant shows that it is made up from a variety of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals and it comes closer than any other known plant to the duplication of essential substances in the human body. Aloe Vera has natural detoxifying properties and works gently within the intestinal tract to help break down food residues and cleanse the bowel. It can help ease constipation and helping to reduce discomfort and bloating. Naturally easing the symptoms associated with the discomfort of Christmas over-indulging.

Getting the right supplements

When it comes to choosing a nutraceutical supplement, most consumers want effective ingredients.  As a distributor, it is extremely important to provide consumers with nutraceutical supplements that will produce noticeable benefits. A great way to ensure this happens is by working with a supplement manufacturer that can provide you with quality products with a high level of efficacy for specific market segments pushing your business to the forefront of the nutraceutical marketplace.

For more information on our innovative dietary supplements and products for the holiday season designed to support your growing nutraceutical business email ParkAcre today!

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